Mumbai’s Dabbawalla: The Uncommon Story Of The Common Man

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Item Code: NAE276
Author: Shobha Bondre
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9789382618232
Pages: 194
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.0 inch x 5.0 inch
Weight 150 gm
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About the Book

Mumlais Dobbawala is the uncommon story of a common man whose existence plays a crucial rote in making the wheels of India’s financial capital turn smoothly. They may be a tiny cog in the machine but the intrepid dabbawalas of Mumbai deliver 200,000 meals every day from homes to offices within three hours. Their clockwork precision and incredibly low error rate has got the world to sit up and take note of this awesome army of 5000 men, who make sure office-goers get a hot, home-cooked meal every day, come rain or shine. It is a stupendous feat of coordination, efficiency, honesty and sheer hard work that could teach many a corporate honcho a lesson or two in running a business successfully.

The story is narrated alternately by the man who has made it happen — Raghunath Medge, president of the Dabbawalas Association, and the author Shobha Bondre

About the Author

Shobha Bondre is a celebrated and much-published Mararhi writer. She has been writing for the last 25 years and has published 15 books, many of them bestsellers that have gone into over 75 editions.

The non-Marathi reading world is now keen to read her works and her books are being translated into English, Hindi and Gujarati. She has written articles, short stories and columns for prestigious publications like Maharashtra Times, Loksana, Lokprabha, Maher and Kirloskar. She has also written dialogues for many popular Marathi TV serials like Abhalmaya, Manasi, Oon Paaus and 14rclhangini.

In the last few years, profiling people from various walks of life has become Shobha’s forte. For this, she interacts closely with her subjects, understanding them in their social, familial, emotional and economic settings.

She has won many literary awards for her work, including the Maharashtra State Award for Best Novel in 1997, for Saata Samudrapar.


1London Beckons1
2Champagne and Peanut Chutney7
3NMTBSA an Impressive Organisation19
4From Bhonawala to Dabbawal24
5Learning the ABCD of English and of Business31
6To Deal or not to deal with Haji mastan That was the Question39
7My college days43
8A new beginning47
9The first step towards modernisation51
10My childhood days59
11My father's wedding66
12The dream that never came true72
13An itteparable loss79
14Head of the family -A difficult role85
15From the courtroom to the fields90
16Back to my roots96
17A new campaign for survival102
18Reorienting ourselves108
19Now everyone is an owner117
20The mystery of the six sigma124
21What is the six sigma132
22Prince charles meets the dabbawalas137
23Management guru number 1146
24Disputes, fights, and other problems160
25And the credit for the success goes to169
26The uncommon saga of the common man179
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